We have the first report after the passage of my amendment to improve transparency on the McHenry County Board. The unfunded mandate by Springfield on juror costs are worse than I thought. Frankly, the results are depressing. While we work to reduce our budget and levy the career politicians in Springfield gave us an enormous unfunded mandate.
In the first six months of “the new deal” juror costs increased $117,348 or 178 percent which is depicted on the first graph.
Thank you to the staff for preparing this report. Thank you to my colleagues who supported me in this effort. The cost of preparing this report is minimal compared to what the unfunded mandate costs. You, the taxpayer, deserve to know. I will continue to keep my promises.